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Venue guide: Wembley Arena

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Where is it?: Arena Square, Engineers Way, North-West London.

Find it on the map: Here

How do you get there?: Public transport — rail, tube or bus — is recommended, as there will be no official car parking near the arena during the Games. The venue is on five Transport for London bus routes (79, 83, 92, 182 and 224) and is close to two National Rail stations and two London Underground stops. NR trains run to Wembley Stadium station from London Marylebone and to Wembley Central from Euston, while the Jubilee and Metropolitan tube lines serve Wembley Park, and the Bakerloo line stops at Wembley Central.

Capacity: 6,000.

What events will be held there and when?: Badminton (July 28-August 5), rhythmic gymnastics (August 9-12).

Public facilities: A 160-seater restaurant and several bars and food stands.

History: The 2012 Olympics will be Wembley Arena's second Games, as it hosted boxing, diving, swimming and water polo in 1948, albeit under its old guise of the Empire Pool, which was the venue's name from its opening for the 1934 Empire Games until 1978. As suggested by its title, the arena then contained a swimming pool, but the 1948 Olympics was the final occasion it was used. The site underwent a £35million redevelopment between 2005 and 2006, and is now London's second biggest indoor stadium after the O2. It is probably best known as a pop concert venue, but sport has played a part in its recent history, with badminton, basketball, boxing, ice hockey, snooker, darts and wrestling events taking place on a regular basis.

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